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Strabismus In Children

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Strabismus is a condition where your child's eyes point in different directions. It is also called squint, crossed eye, or walleye. Your child's eyes do not focus on a single point. His eye muscles do not work properly to control his eye movement.

Lateral cut-away of the Right Eye

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Eye patch:

The patch is worn on the stronger eye to help the weaker eye work more and get stronger. Your child should wear the eye patch as directed.

Eye Patch

Corrective eyewear:

Glasses or contact lenses may decrease your child's need to squint to focus on an object. This helps straighten your child's eyes. Your child should wear corrective eyewear as directed.

Eye exercises:

Encourage your child to read books or draw and color pictures. This will help exercise his eye muscles and improve his vision. Ask about the best eye exercises for your child.

Follow up with your child's ophthalmologist as directed:

Take your child for regular eye exams every 6 to 12 months. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your child's ophthalmologist if:

  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child has blurred or double vision.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child loses vision in his eye.
  • Your child has a severe headache, dizziness, or vomiting.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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